Feb 4, 2013 6:00pm EST
. >> 100 years ago today rosa parks was born. she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a city bus in montgomery, alabama. an act of resistance that launch the modern-day civil rights movement. today, we spend the hour looking at her life. >> we have one of the most famous americans of the 20th- century treated like a children's book hero, not seen as being worthy of a substantive, scholarly treatment. that is what surprised me and continues to surprise me, the ways that we diminish her legacy by making it about a single day, a single act, as opposed to the rich and lifelong history of resistance that was actually who rosa parks was. >> we speak with historian jeanne theoharis, her new book, "the rebellious life of mrs. rosa parks." all that and more coming up. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. the obama administration has granted itself the right to launch a pre-emptive strike on foreign targets. cyber attacks would be carried out, should the what has been the necessary, to prevent an imminent and dangerous attack fr
Feb 3, 2013 8:30am EST
>>> coming up, david tereshchuk on the lifelong activism of rosa parks, who would have been 100 years old next week. >>> also, judy valente reports on the city long known for its religious conservatism that spent all last year fostering interfaith understanding. >>> and sufi whirling dervishes at washington's smithsonian institution. >>> welcome. >>> welcome. i'm bob abernethy. it's good to have you with us. a dramatic development this week in the catholic church's sex abuse crisis. prominent retired cardinal roger mahony was stripped of his public and administrative church duties in los angeles amid widespread criticism of how he covered up allegations of child sex abuse by priests. l.a.'s current archbishop jose gomez took the unprecedented step as the archdiocese began releasing internal documents which revealed the extent to which mahony worked to protect the church from the abuse scandal. gomez said the behavior described in the files was "sad and evil." mahony has issued several apologies for his actions. advocates for sex abuse victims called this a largely symbolic move.
Feb 25, 2013 6:00pm EST
a full church in a primary, alabama. it was just days after rosa parks was arrested. the african committed these -- african commodities had gathered to decide what have became the firm is montgomery boycott. >> it has been moved and seconded that the resolution will be received and adopted. are you ready? all in favor, let it be known by standing on your feet. [cheers] [applause] >> that was the day we started a bus protest which literally electrified the nation and that was the day when we decided that we were not going to take segregated buses any longer. when we planned the bus boycott, we said if we could just get about 50% or 60% of the negro's of montgomery not to ride buses, this would be any effective boycott. i think that whole day we found a negro's on the bus. from that day on, that boycott was more than 99.9% effective. i remember that monday morning when i was to be in court. the chief defender, many things ran through my mind. i started thinking about the people. all day long drawn to think of something to say to the people -- all day long, trying to think of someth
Feb 24, 2013 7:00am EST
by congresswoman rosa delauro of connecticut. >> storm that hill, make the difference. >> inside, the activists are greeted by congresswoman donna edwards of maryland, who, with delauro, has introduced legislation raising the minimum wage for tipped workers. >> i know that when i waited tables, i didn't just do it because i needed some extra change. i did it because i had to pay my rent. i did it because i had to make sure that i had food in my refrigerator. i did it because i needed transportation to get back and forth to school. it was a job. >> saru jayaraman's new book "behind the kitchen door" is an insider's expose of what it's really like to work at the lowest rungs of the restaurant industry. >> there are actually now over 10 million restaurant workers in the united states. so seven of the ten lowest paying jobs in america are restaurant jobs, and the two absolute lowest paying jobs in america are restaurant dishwashers and fast food preps and cooks are the two absolute lowest paying jobs in america. these workers earn poverty wages because the minimum wage for tipped workers at the fed